14 Jun Morris Ranks 2nd in Grants for School Construction Projects (NJ)

June 14, 2010

By: The Daily Record
Source: The Daily Record

Morris County ranks second statewide in the number of projects to be funded by Regular Operating District grants, as announced last week by the Schools Development Authority.

The grant funding for schools across New Jersey — totaling a $13.9 million state investment — is ready for release to aid 142 projects at 111 different schools in 59 districts. According to the SDA, 19 projects in Morris County will receive funding. Only Monmouth County has more projects receiving grant aid, with 21.

"These grants signal another major step forward for the program, leveraging millions of dollars of construction in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties," SDA Chief Executive Officer Marc Larkins said.

Local schools set for grant awards include four each in Montville, Randolph and Washington Township, two in Pequannock and one for West Morris Mendham High School.

Montville High School’s funding is the most in the county. The school ranked second in Morris County with $460,083 awarded before Larkins and state officials visited the Montville school district on Tuesday and announced that an additional $610,000 grant has been awarded for the school to replace its roof.

The second-highest school grant will go to Stephen J. Gerace Elementary School in Pequannock with an estimated total project cost of $490,000.

The selling of $500 million on bonds by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority funded the grant program, according to the SDA. However, the Department of Education determines which projects are selected for grants.

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